Category Archives: True Crime Authors

Michael Ross campaign group rule out book collaboration

featured newsJanuary 18, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Michael Ross.

Campaigners working to overturn the conviction of Michael Ross have ruled out any collaboration with true crime author Wensley Clarkson on his book about the case.

Last Thursday, The Orcadian reported that writer Wensley Clarkson was hoping to gather information “from all sides” of the case, as part of research for a true crime book, and potentially a Netflix television series.

But, in a letter to this Thursday’s The Orcadian, J4MR campaigners explained that the group is “not in a position to collaborate with Mr Clarkson.”

Ross is currently serving a 25-year sentence for the murder of Shamsuddin Mahmood, who was shot dead at the Kirkwall restaurant where he worked on June 2, 1994.

Campaign group, Justice For Michael Ross (J4MR) believes that Ross, who was 15 years old at the time of

Read more at: https://www.orcadian.co.uk/michael-ross-campaign-group-rule-out-book-collaboration/

Registration Open for Johnston County Writers Conference

Johnston County Writers Conference 2019 flyer. Source: Cindy Brookshire
Johnston County Writers Conference 2019 flyer. Source: Cindy Brookshire

Inaugural Writers Conference Set for Apr. 6 in Selma NC

“Unbox Your Creativity” at the upcoming Johnston County Writers Conference, organized by the Johnston County Writers Group. Local author-speakers will impart their knowledge regarding writing and the publishing process.

Registration opens January 15, 2019 (today) for the Saturday, April 6, 2019, 8:30am-3pm conference. Morning sessions are limited to the first 35 registrants.

The fee to attend is $20 per person, which includes a box lunch from Hula Girl Cafe.

This inaugural conference will be held in the Selma Woman’s Club, 203 W Oak Street, Selma, North Carolina.

Conference information is online at www.jcartscouncil.org/community-events.html. To receive a registration form for the Johnston County Writers Conference, or with conference questions, contact Cindy Brookshire at 919.202.5990 or via

Read more at: https://greyareanews.com/events/register-joco-writers-conference/

True Detective season 3 paints a refreshingly real picture of masculinity

Early into the first episode of the new True Detective (a season that all but mandates the qualifier “much anticipated” every time it’s mentioned), two detectives — hard, angular men of a hard, angular country (in this case, the Arkansas Ozarks) — sit on tatty folding chairs and drink beers in front of a pile of gnarled, rusted-out junk cars. One of the men, Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) shoots his revolver at the rats scurrying along the junk cars. However, when his partner, Roland West (Stephen Dorff) points his gun at a fox, Hays stops him, because a fox is too clever and innocent an animal to idly kill. They don’t carry disease the way rats do.

This scene may seem like it was tossed off to introduce the countrified grittiness of the setting

Read more at: https://theweek.com/articles/817460/true-detective-season-3-paints-refreshingly-real-picture-masculinity

‘True Detective’ Review: Season 3 Premiere Is All About the Memories, Man

[Editor’s Note: The following review contains spoilers for “True Detective” Season 3, Episode 1, “The Great War and Modern Memory,” and Episode 2, “Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye.”]

After nearly three-and-a-half years off the air, “True Detective” is back, and it’s traveling back in time — again. The Season 3 premiere introduces Wayne Hays (Mahershala Ali) in three different timelines: In 2015, he’s a retired detective suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, who’s asked to remember what happened during a homicide case from 1980. In this, the oldest timeline, Wayne and his partner Roland West (Stephen Dorff) are tasked with solving a small-town murder: one boy dead, his sister missing — later, in 1990, it appears she’s alive.

These are the basics of creator, writer, and producer Nic Pizzolatto’s new season, but there’s far more going on than that. The premiere, titled “The Great War and Modern Memory,” is grounded in the anthology series’

Read more at: https://www.indiewire.com/2019/01/true-detective-review-season-3-premiere-episode-1-spoilers-episode-2-1202034584/

Ross case bound for Netflix?

featured newsJanuary 12, 2019 at 9:00 am

Michael Ross is currently serving a 25-year sentence for the murder of Bangladeshi waiter, Shamsuddin Mahmood.

A true crime author researching convicted murderer Michael Ross and the shooting of Shamsuddin Mahmood says television streaming service Netflix has shown interest in a six-part series on the story.

Writer Wensley Clarkson is looking for people to get in touch if they have any information which can help him produce a book about the case.

Mr Clarkson, whose interest in the 1994 murder was sparked when he visited the county several years ago, has returned to Orkney this month on a fact-finding mission.

The author, who hopes to gather information from all angles and viewpoints of the case, said: “I’ve been trying to get this on the go for a while. I realise that the build up in favour of Michael Ross,

Read more at: https://www.orcadian.co.uk/ross-case-bound-for-netflix/

Murder of Shamsuddin Mahmood on Orkney could be turned into Netflix series – 25 years after waiter was shot b

A SCOTS murder could be set to be given the Netflix treatment – 25 years after a waiter was shot by a teenager.

True crime author Wensley Clarkson has spent years researching convicted race-hate murderer Michael Ross and the killing of Shamsuddin Mahmood in Orkney.

 Shamsuddin Mahmood, was shot dead by a masked killer in a Kirkwall restaurant
Shamsuddin Mahmood, was shot dead by a masked killer in a Kirkwall restaurant

And now he says the online streaming service has been in touch about the incident.

The writer is appealing for people to get in touch if they have any information which can help him with his book about the case.

Mr Clarkson, whose interest in the 1994 murder was sparked when he visited several years ago, has returned to Orkney this month on a fact-finding mission.

He said: “It’s an incredible

Read more at: https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/news/3734683/orkney-murder-shamsuddin-mahmood-michael-ross-race-hate-sniper-netflix-series/

DNA Evidence Clears Alleged Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, of 1975 Murder

Joseph DeAngelo, the man alleged to be the long-sought ‘Golden State Killer,’ has been cleared in the 1975 murder of 14-year-old Donna Jo Richmond in Exeter, California. Richmond was beaten, strangled and stabbed 17 times; Oscar Clifton, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty of the murder and sentenced to life in prison, where he died in 2013. The Richmond case was reexamined after DeAngelo, 73, was arrested last year and charged with 13 murders, including the 1975 murder of a college professor in nearby Visalia, while DeAngelo was employed as a police officer with the Exeter Police Department. According to the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office, a conviction review compared a partial DNA profile, developed from semen on the victim’s body, and found it to be inconsistent with DeAngelo’s DNA, but consistent with Clifton’s.

“I am again confident, just as this office

Read more at: https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/joseph-deangelo-golden-state-killer-dna-1975-murder-cleared-776696/

We are what we write

By Michaella A. Thornton

After the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on December 14, 2012, Newtown, Connecticut’s Box 58 at the Newtown Municipal Center was inundated with letters, cards, and ephemera. It was as if the letters—a “museum of grief” as Peter Applebome of The New York Times called them—represented the unbearable weight of losing 26 children and teachers. The estimated four shipping containers of written correspondence Newtown received became an additional burden for a town already moored in grief.

Ultimately, Newtown residents such as illustrator and designer Ross MacDonald, homemaker Yolie Moreno, former reference librarian Andrea Zimmermann, town historian Daniel Cruson, and many others, raced to photograph and preserve the half a million handwritten letters and cards sent, some of the most heart-rending letters written and illustrated by children, before they were incinerated. Thanks to volunteers, nothing sent to Newtown was thrown away before preservation, and what remained afterwards was incinerated and converted

Read more at: https://qrius.com/we-are-what-we-write/